crossword puzzle

noun

Definition of crossword puzzle

  1. :  a puzzle in which words that are the answers to clues are written into a pattern of numbered squares that go across and down My father does the crossword puzzle every morning.

Word by Word Definitions

crosswordplay
  1. :  a puzzle in which words are filled into a pattern of numbered squares in answer to correspondingly numbered clues and in such a way that the words read across and down

puzzleplay
  1. :  to offer or represent to (someone) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve :  challenge mentally

    :  to exert (oneself, one's mind, etc.) over such a problem or situation

    :  complicate, entangle

  1. :  the state of being puzzled :  perplexity

    :  something that puzzles

    :  a question, problem, or contrivance designed for testing ingenuity


CROSSWORD PUZZLE Defined for Kids

crossword puzzle

noun cross·word puzzle \ˌkrȯs-ˌwərd-\

Definition of crossword puzzle for Students

  1. :  a puzzle in which words are filled into a pattern of numbered squares in answer to clues so that they read across and down


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